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Profile of the Day: Louis XVI of France

Posted January 21, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1793, Louis XVI was executed for treason by guillotine. Louis XVI was born on August 23, 1754 in the Palace of Versailles. He was the second son of Louis, the Dauphin of France, and thus the grandson of Louis XV. When his brother died at the age of nine, followed by his father’s death in 1765, a young Louis became the next in line to inherit his grandfather’s crown. He ascended to the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles III of Spain

Posted January 20, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles III of Spain

Have you found your connection to the Spanish monarchy? On this day in 1716, Charles III, King of Spain, was born in Madrid. The third surviving son of Philip V of Spain, but the eldest by his second wife, Charles became the Duke of Parma and Piacenza at the age of 15. As Duke, he conquered the kingdoms of Naples and Sicily and was crowned king on July 3, 1735. He reigned as Charles VII… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Posted January 19, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dolly Parton

Happy birthday, Dolly Parton! Today the country superstar turns 70. She was born on January 19, 1946 in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. The fourth of twelve children, Parton grew up in poverty and often sang of her family’s struggles in her music. She began performing as a child and made television appearances by the age of ten. Since scoring her first No. 1 hit, Parton has enjoyed a long, successful career. She’s the most honored female… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Cary Grant

Posted January 18, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1904, star Cary Grant was born in Bristol, England. He was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 to Elias James Leach, a tailor’s presser, and Elsie Maria Leach, a factory seamstress. Grant had an unhappy childhood. When he was 9 years old, his father placed his mother in a mental institution and told a young Grant that she had gone away on a “long holiday.” Later, he was told… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Posted January 15, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Eighty-seven years ago today, civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. A middle child, King was named after his father, Martin King. After a trip to Germany in 1934, his father chose to change his name and his son’s name to Martin Luther King in honor of the German Protestant reformer, Martin Luther. As a child, King enjoyed singing with his church choir and even had the opportunity to perform with… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Posted January 14, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alan Rickman

Today we remember actor Alan Rickman, who has passed away at the age of 69. A versatile actor, Rickman showcased his remarkable talent on both the stage and silver screen. He is perhaps best known for playing Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film franchise as well as his villainous roles in Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Born on February 21, 1946 in London, England, Rickman was the second son born to working class parents. His father… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Johnny Cash

Posted January 13, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash performed live at Folsom State Prison. His live album recording At Folsom Prison was a hit and stayed at the top of the charts for weeks. In 1955, Cash first released is single, “Folsom Prison Blues.” He was inspired to write the song from the perspective of the incarcerated after watching the movie, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, while serving in the United States Air Force Security Service. Not only had the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Posted January 12, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Charles Perrault

Remember reading fairytales growing up? On this day in 1628, French author Charles Perrault was born in Paris, France. Often described as the “father of the fairytale,” Perrault was known for penning some of the most beloved and recognizable stories, including Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty. He derived many of his stories from pre-existing folktales and created the foundations of a new literary genre, the fairytale. He was born on January 12, 1628 to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

Posted January 11, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Alice Paul

On this day in 1885, woman’s right activist and suffragist Alice Paul was born. She was born on January 11, 1885 in Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey to William Mickle Paul and Tacie Parry and was the eldest of four children. An influential figure of the women’s right movement, Paul was the leader and strategist of the 1910 campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment, which prohibits sex discrimination in the right to vote. She founded the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Galileo Galilei

Posted January 8, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei died on this day in 1642. A pioneer and revolutionary thinker of his time, Galileo’s scientific discoveries would forever change the world’s understanding of the universe. Galileo was born on February 15, 1564 in Pisa, Italy. He was the oldest of six children born to Giulia Ammannati and Vincenzo Galilei, a famous lutenist and composer. As a young man, Galileo considered joining the priesthood before turning his attention to science and mathematics. His work… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Paul Keres

Posted January 7, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you enjoy a game of chess? Today Estonia celebrates the 100th birthday of famous Estonian chess grandmaster Paul Keres. Keres was born on January 7, 1916 in Narva, Estonia. He showed an aptitude for chess at an early age, first learning about the game from his father and older brother, Harald. His brother would later go on to become a prominent physicist and is considered the father of the Estonian school of relativistic gravitation theory. From the mid-1930s to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jedediah Smith

Posted January 6, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jedediah Smith

Do you have explorers in your family tree? On this day in 1799, trapper and explorer Jedediah Smith was born in Jericho, New York. One of the first to explore the West, Smith is often considered one of America’s greatest trapper-explorers. In 1822, he joined William H. Ashley’s fur trading company to explore and trap in the Rocky Mountains. He would come to discover the South Pass through the Rockies, which offered a safer and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Diane Keaton

Posted January 5, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy 70th birthday to Diane Keaton! The actress was born Diane Hall on January 5, 1946 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a homemaker and once won the “Mrs. Los Angeles” pageant. Her father, John Newton Ignatius “Jack” Hall, was a real estate broker and civil engineer. After deciding to pursue a career in acting, she took on her mother’s maiden name “Keaton” to avoid confusion with another actress named Diane Hall. After finding success on Broadway, including… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Posted January 4, 2016 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Isaac Newton

Today we remember Isaac Newton, who was born on January 4, 1643. Occasionally, his birthday is seen displayed as December 25, 1642, which is the date of his birth according to the old Julian calendar. He was born prematurely at Woolstrhope Manor in Lincolnshire, England, just three months after the death of his father. Small and weak, Newton was not expected to survive. However, Newton would go on to become one of the most influential scientists… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

Posted December 31, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Dick Clark

It’s New Year’s Eve! Do you remember ringing in the New Year with host Dick Clark? Today we remember the American Bandstand host who helped transform rock & roll into a cultural force. For 40 years, Clark hosted the annual special New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Time Square in New York City. Millions of viewers wached each year as the lovable host helped countdown the ball drop as the previous year came to an end and the new year… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Rudyard Kipling

Posted December 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today marks the 150th birthday of acclaimed author Rudyard Kipling! He was born Joseph Rudyard Kipling in Bombay, British India on December 30, 1865 to Alice MacDonald and John Lockwood Kipling. His mother was one of four notable sisters who had married well known men of the Victorian Era. His father, a sculptor and pottery designer, was the principal and professor of Architectural Sculpture at the Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy School of Art in Bombay. In 1865, his parents… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary Tyler Moore

Posted December 29, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Mary Tyler Moore! Today the actress turns 79. The oldest of three siblings, Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York to Marjorie Hackett and George Tyler Moore. Her paternal great grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel Lewis Tighman Moore, a commander in the Confederate States Army. In 1861, Moore had offered his home in Winchester, Virginia to serve as the headquarters for Confederate General Stonewall Jackson. Today, the home… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Maggie Smith

Posted December 28, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday, Dame Maggie Smith! Today the legendary British actress turns 81. She was born Margaret Nathalie Smith on December 28, 1934 in Essex, England. Since making her stage debut at the age of 17, Smith has had an extensive and acclaimed career on film, stage and television. She won her first Academy Award in 1969 for her starring role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie opposite Michael Caine. She was introduced to a new generation of fans… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lady Bird Johnson

Posted December 22, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Lady Bird Johnson

On this day in 1912, Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady of the United States, was born in Karnack, Texas. She was born Claudia Alta Taylor on December 22, 1912 at “The Brick House,” an antebellum planation mansion on the outskirts of town. As a child, her family nurse commented that she was as “pretty as a ladybird,” and the nickname stuck. As First Lady, Johnson worked on the beautification of the nation’s capital. She stated,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Posted December 21, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Jane Fonda

Happy birthday, Jane Fonda! Today the actress turns 78. Born into a Hollywood family, Jayne Seymour Fonda was the daughter of actor Henry Fonda and Canadian-born socialite Frances Ford Brokaw. When Fonda was 12, her mother committed suicide while under the care of a psychiatric hospital. She followed in her father’s footsteps and pursued a career in acting. During the 1960s, she scored several hits and landed her first Academy Award nomination for They Shoot Horses, Don’t… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Posted December 18, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Brad Pitt

Today marks Brad Pitt’s 52nd birthday! William Bradley Pitt was born on December 18, 1963 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Jane Etta Hillhouse and William Alvin Pitt. He grew up in Springfield, Missouri and majored in journalism at the University of Missouri. However, just weeks before graduating, Pitt packed up all of his belongings and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. He worked odd jobs around the city as he struggled to… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: The Wright Brothers

Posted December 17, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1903, the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, made history by making the world’s first sustained, man-powered, heavier-than-air flight near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The brothers grew up in a close household, which fostered their creativity. Fascinated with flying from an early age, the brothers sought to make human flight a reality. On December 17, 1903, the brothers took their aircraft, named the Wright Flyer, to Kitty Hawk. With Orville as the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Catherine of Aragon

Posted December 16, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Catherine of Aragon

Have you found your connection to royalty? On this day in 1485, Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII, was born in Alcalá de Henares near Madrid, Spain. The youngest daughter of Spanish monarchs King Ferdinand II and Queen Isabella, Catharine was initially married to Henry’s older brother, Prince Albert. However, when the heir to the English throne died of an illness in 1502, Catherine found herself a widow. Shortly after Henry VIII… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Walt Disney

Posted December 15, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Are you a Disney fan? On this day in 1966, Walt Disney died at the age of 65. He was born Walter Elias Disney on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois to Elias Charles Disney and Flora Call Disney. At 16, he tried to join the U.S. army during World War I, but was rejected for being underage. Undeterred, he joined the American Red Cross and worked as an ambulance driver in France. In 1928,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: George Washington

Posted December 14, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1799, President George Washington died at his estate in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was 67 years old. Washington is remembered as one of the most important figures in American history. Born in 1732 on his family’s estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Washington led the Continental Army to victory during the American Revolution and served as the nation’s first President. In 1797, Washington retired from the presidency, establishing the tradition of the two-term… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Edward VIII

Posted December 11, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1936, history was made when Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He first ascended to the throne after the death of his father, George V. However, his reign had caused unease in government circles. His relationship with Wallice Simpson was controversial from the start. Only months into his reign, the couple announced their engagement, causing a constitutional crisis. The government, the public and the Church of England condemned the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Posted December 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Ada Lovelace

Two hundred years ago today, pioneering mathematician Ada Lovelace was born in London, England. Augusta Ada Byron was born on December 10, 1815. She was the only legitimate child of the famous poet Lord George Gordon Byron, who left his wife and child shortly after Ada was born. Ada showed an apt for mathematics at an early age. Despite being outside the norm for women at the time, her mother encouraged her education in science and math,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Posted December 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Kirk Douglas

Happy birthday to Kirk Douglas! Can you believe the legendary actor is turning 99 today? He was born Issur Danielovitch on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam New York. His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants and the family adopted the surname Demsky in the United States. Growing up, Douglas went by the name Izzy Demsky until he legally changed it to Kirk Douglas shortly before entering the Navy during World War II. After the war, Douglas pursued his career… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Eli Whitney

Posted December 8, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day 250 years ago, inventor Eli Whitney was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. Whitney was the eldest child of Eli Whitney, Sr., a prosperous farmer, and Elizabeth Fay. During the American Revolutionary War, Whitney had his own profitable nail manufacturing operation in his father’s workshop. After graduating from Yale, Whitney made his way to the South. It was there that he revolutionized the cotton industry with his invention of the cotton gin. His new machine quickly… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Posted December 7, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Willa Cather

Do you have ancestors who immigrated to the Great Plains? On this day in 1873, American author Willa Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virginia. She was best known for her novels O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, which vividly depicted frontier life on the Great Plains. She was born Wilella Sibert Cather on December 7, 1873 on her maternal grandmother’s farm in the Back Creek Valley near Winchester, Virginia. For six generations,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Jeff Bridges

Posted December 4, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Happy birthday to Jeff Bridges! Today the actor turns 66. Born into a Hollywood family, Bridges got his start on film as an infant in the movie, The Company She Keeps. His father, Lloyd Bridges, was a prolific actor best known for starring in the television series Sea Hunt. Growing up, Jeff was very close to his brother Beau, who often acted as a surrogate father when their father was working. In 1971, he garnered wide acclaim after starring in The… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Joseph Conrad

Posted December 3, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Do you have Polish ancestry? On this day in 1857, author Joseph Conrad was born in Berdychiv in the Russian Empire. Regarded as one of the greatest novelists in the English language, Conrad was in his twenties before he was able to speak the language fluently. He was born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski to Polish parents, Apollo Korzeniowski and Ewelina Bobrawska. Conrad’s family belonged to the Polish szlachta (nobility) and were bearers of the Nałęcz coat of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John Ringling

Posted December 2, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Ringling

Did you visit the circus growing up? On this day in 1936, John Ringling, co-founder of the Ringling Brothers Circus, died at the age of 70. He was born Johan Nicholas Rüngeling on May 31, 1866 in McGregor, Iowa to German immigrants, Marie Salomé Juliar and August Rüngeling. In 1884, John and his brothers formed the Ringling Brothers Circus and traveled across the country with their show. Soon, they became a major competitor to the powerful Barnum & Bailey… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Posted December 1, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bette Midler

Happy birthday, Bette Midler! Today the singer and actress turns 70. Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ruth Schindel, a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a painter at a Navy base. She was named after Bette Davis, one of her mother’s favorite actresses. Growing up in Hawaii, Bette’s family was one of the few Jewish families in the neighborhood. She attended Radford High School in Honolulu, where she graduated as valedictorian. After briefly studying… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Lucy Maud Montgomery

Posted November 30, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Remember reading Anne of Green Gables? Today we celebrate author L.M. Montgomery on the 141st birthday. Lucy Maud Montgomery was born on November 30, 1874 in Clifton, Prince Edward Island, a small province on the east coast of Canada. After her mother died of tuberculosis when Montgomery was just 21 months old, her father sent her to live with her maternal grandparents. A prolific writer, she had over 100 stories published between 1897 to 1907. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Posted November 27, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Bruce Lee

Today we remember Bruce Lee on what would have been his 75th birthday. Born on November 27, 1940 in San Francisco, California, Lee grew up in Hong Kong before moving back to the United Staes at the age of 18. His father was one of the leading Cantonese opera and film actors of the time. Like his father, Lee had a knack for performing and appeared in several films as a child. After joining a street… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Posted November 26, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Sarah Josepha Hale

Happy Thanksgiving! Today we highlight the woman who helped establish Thanksgiving as an official holiday in the U.S., Sarah Josepha Hale. She was born Sarah Josepha Buell on October 24, 1788 in Newport, New Hampshire to Captain Gordon Buell and Martha Whittlesay Buell. Homeschooled by her parents, Sarah went on to become a successful writer and poet. Most people are probably best familiar with her most popular work, the classic children’s nursery rhyme, “Mary Had… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: John F. Kennedy, Jr.

Posted November 25, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember John F. Kennedy, Jr., who was born on this day in 1960. The second child of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, John Jr. was born just two weeks after his father was elected the 35th President of the United States, thus becoming the first child ever born to a president-elect. Just days before his third birthday, his father was assassinated while traveling in a motorcade. His funeral was held three days later… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Darling

Posted November 24, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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Today we remember Grace Darling, the English lighthouse keeper who helped rescue survivors of the Forfarshire shipwreck, on the anniversary of her 200th birthday. Grace Horsley Darling was born on November 24, 1815 in her grandfather’s cottage in Northumberland, England. She was the seventh of nine children born to William and Thomasin Darling. The Darlings lived at the lighthouse on Longstone Island, one of the Farne Islands, where her father operated the lighthouse. In the early hours of September 7,… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Posted November 23, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Boris Karloff

Did you ever have a fear of Frankenstein’s monster? It may be thanks to actor Boris Karloff’s frightening yet sympathetic turn as the iconic horror figure. Karloff was born William Henry Pratt on November 23, 1887 in London, England to Edward John Pratt, Jr. and Eliza Sarah Millard. His maternal grandmother, Eliza Julia Edwards, was a sister of Anna Leonowens, whose life in the royal court of Siam formed the basis of The King and… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

Posted November 20, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Leo Tolstoy

On this day in 1910, author Leo Tolstoy passed away in Astapovo, Russia at the age of 82. Tolstoy was born at his family estate at Yasnaya Poyana, southwest of Tula, Russia. He came from a well-known family of old Russian nobility. His father, Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy, was a veteran of the Patriotic War of 1812. As a child, he experienced much loss. After his mother and father passed away, he and his siblings were sent… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Posted November 19, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Meg Ryan

Happy birthday, Meg Ryan! Today the actress turns 54. She was born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut. A semester before finishing college, Ryan dropped out to pursue a career as an actress. She chose the stage name “Ryan,” using her maternal grandmother’s maiden name. After landing the lead role in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally…, Ryan became an international star. The box office hit would mark the first of… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: David Beckham

Posted November 18, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: David Beckham

Soccer superstar David Beckham has been named this year’s sexiest man alive by People magazine. At the age of 40, Beckham receives the honor on its 30th anniversary. The title has become a staple of the popular magazine and now, Beckham joins the ranks alongside Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Johnny Depp. Beckham was born May 2, 1975 in London, England to David Edward Alan “Ted” Beckham and Sandra West. The middle child between two sisters, the… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

Posted November 17, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

On this day in 1558, Mary I of England died at the age of 42. With no children of her own, her half-sister succeeded to the throne and ruled as Elizabeth I. The only child of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mary I ascended to the English throne after the death of her Protestant half-brother, Edward VI. She was the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty and the first Queen… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Macaulay Culkin

Posted November 16, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Macaulay Culkin

Remember watching Home Alone? Today the modern Christmas classic turns 25! The film starred a young Macaulay Culkin as a young kid who is mistakenly left behind when his family goes on their Christmas vacation. He is then forced to fend off a couple of burglars in clever and amusing ways. The film was first released in theaters on November 16, 1990 and remained the No. 1 film at the box office for 12 straight weeks. It would… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Whoopi Goldberg

Posted November 13, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Whoopi Goldberg

Happy birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! Today The View co-host turns 60. She was born Caryn Elaine Johnson on November 13, 1955 in Manhattan, New York. Ever the comedian, she chose the stage name Whoopi after a whoopee cushion due to her self-admitted gassiness. The name Goldberg is attributed to her family history. Whoopi got her big break when she was cast in the Steven Spielberg film, The Color Purple. The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including a Best Actress nod… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Posted November 12, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Grace Kelly

Happy birthday, Grace Kelly! Today we celebrate what would have been the Princess’ 86th birthday. She was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was the third of four children. Her father, John B. Kelly, Sr., was a three-time Olympic gold medalist in sculling and served in the U.S. Army during World War I. After his time in the army, he started a successful brickwork contracting company, which eventually made him a millionaire. In… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: General George Patton

Posted November 11, 2015 by Amanda | One Comment
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In honor of Veterans Day, today we highlight General George Patton who was born on this day in 1885. A hero of World War II, Patton was instrumental to the liberation of Germany from the Nazis. George Smith Patton, Jr. was born on November 11, 1885 in San Gabriel, California. His family had an extensive military background, dating as far back as the American Revolution and the Civil War. His paternal grandfather, George Smith Patton, Sr., was… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Henry Morton Stanley

Posted November 10, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
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On this day in 1871, journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley finally located missing explorer Dr. David Livingstone in Ujiji, near Lake Tanganyika in present-day Tanzania. He famously greeted him with, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” In 1865, Dr. Livingstone had set out to Africa on a two year expedition to find the source of the Nile River. However, six years after his expedition began, little was heard of Livingstone. Finally, in March 1871, the New York… Read the full story

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Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Posted November 9, 2015 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: Hedy Lamarr

Today we celebrate actress Hedy Lamarr, who was born on this day in 1914. She was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungry. A top actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Lamarr was discovered as a teenager by an Austrian film director. At 19, she married Friedrich Mandl, a wealthy Austrian military arms merchant who did business with Mussolini and Hitler. The marriage was an unhappy one, and in 1937, she… Read the full story

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